Connect with Conversation: Celebrating Father’s Day
With Father’s Day fast approaching on Sunday 19th June, it’s time to start thinking about how we can celebrate and connect with the special father figures in our lives.
For many of us, our fathers are fountains of knowledge and are always on hand to give words of wisdom. It is a universal notion that when they talk, we listen.
It is thought that Father’s Day was first celebrated in Washington, US in 1910. As Mother’s Day was already an official holiday 58 years before, a woman named Sonora Smart Dodd attempted to establish an equivalent celebration for male parents. By visiting local churches, shopkeepers and governments, public support grew for her idea. The campaign was successful, and soon the day was officially recognised and celebrated around the world.
Historically, a father was considered the main breadwinner of the house, traditionally married and the disciplinarian of the family. However, in today’s landscape, the modern-day father comes in various forms: adoptive or step-parent, gay or straight, single or married, employed or unemployed. Therefore, it’s become important to celebrate father figures in all shapes and forms on Father’s Day.
Connect with the important father figures in your life through these conversation starters you can use with whoever you are celebrating this Father’s Day.
CONNECT ON BEING A FATHER FIGURE
- What has been the most difficult challenge of being a father?
- What traditions did your father pass on to you that you have continued?
- What was the biggest lesson you learned from your father?
- Do you have any regrets?
CONNECT ON THEIR PAST
- What are the three happiest moments in your life so far?
- What world events have had the biggest impact on you?
- What family gatherings and traditions do you remember as a child?
- Did you have a mentor growing up?
- How did you meet your partner?
- What advice would you give to yourself five / ten / twenty years ago?
CONNECT ON THE PRESENT & FUTURE
- What do you enjoy most about being a father?
- What three adjectives would your friends and family use to describe you?
- What are you looking forward to most about being a father in the next five / ten / twenty years?
Whatever way you celebrate Father’s Day, one of the most impactful things you can do is connect with your dad, grandfather, stepparent, or any influential man in your life. By starting a meaningful conversation, you can learn more about their history, traditions, life lessons and values.
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